Wolverine is a mutant, possessing animal-keen senses, enhanced psychical capabilities, three retracting bone claws on each hand and a healing factor that allows him to recover from virtually any wound, disease or toxin at a accelerated rate.
As if Wolverine and the X-Men didn’t mutate (bad pun) Logan’s image enough, now they had to throw it overboard.Wolverine is Marvel’s second attempt at trying to milk the fans with a lifeless action flick that ends up being nothing other than an insult to the homonymous character. It further proves how they should spend their precious funds on making something new and exciting instead of throwing a name in the title and expecting people to buy it no matter how bad it is. And it is very bad.First of all, the lead character doesn’t look bestial enough, and I don’t mean the sexual deviance. In the west, he is portrayed as rather grumpy, unshaved, and rude character while in the anime he is this young bishonen with a taste for fashion. Meaning, he looks far less GAR. And as if that isn’t enough, nothing of his past is shown in the show. You know, all those events in the recent live action films and how he is old enough to be your grandfather. It’s as if he is a completely different character who shares the same claw weapon, but is otherwise gayer and has no backdrop story.In fact, the only flashback we have about him, is fighting with Omega Red. Yes, there is Omega Red in this series and he is presented as a useless grunt, a minor sub-boss just to stall time and attempt to make the fans feel like this is really Wolverine. Yeah, right… Anyways, the story is about Logan’s woman being kidnapped by some yakuza organization, and so he heads to beat the crap out of them and save her… Did I just describe the average story of an 80’s beat ’em up videogame? Maybe there is more to it? Like a mystery, or a plot twist, or generally something more than just this pitiful excuse of a scenario… Nope, it’s just that. Was someone actually paid for the script or did they just play Double Dragon with one player before sitting down to write the whole plot in 10 seconds?So what exactly is Logan doing for 12 episodes if the story is two lines long? Well, look at that, he is fighting random goons and is constantly saved by a chick. Yes, that’s right, the mighty Wolverine in need of a woman to save him all the time. And she is not even a powerful mutant either; she is a mediocre fighter who throws chakram every time the plot requires for Logan to end a battle that lasts too long. Other than that, she is nothing but fan service.Storytelling is dreadful. Every scene is dragged to last as much as possible and the outcome of a battle or a dialogue is completely random. I mean, Logan had a hard time beating Omega Red for 3 whole episodes and finally did it only because that chick remembered she had a throwing weapon. But the second time Omega returns brand new to fight him again, he gives out this oath of vengeance that makes you think he is now more powerful than ever and that the rematch will be even harder. Guess what; he got defeated in 3 seconds and without even the need for the chick to use her chakrams. I guess Logan gained 125 levels in a few hours and scored a critical. What a load of crap…The second goon he faces is this samurai assassin, who sprouts swords out of his palm. Is he a mutant or Harry Potter to be able to do that? I think Wolverine takes place in the Darker Than Black universe, where superpowers are more loose in their logic. And why introduce this new guy with zero characterization when there is always Silver Samurai? Oh well, Omega Red had a face that made him look like a kabuki theatre actor, and his weapons were tentacles. Who needs Silver Samurai after that XD ?Anyways, Logan fights this stunt samurai in, like, 4 different occasions and in the end he becomes his ally because another goon hits a girl. He had a code of honour you see, to always avenge those who hit little girls. I guess being paid to kill innocent family men has nothing to do with it. What a load of poop…That said third goon is a generic robot statue which ejects javelins. And no, it wasn’t a Sentinel; just some generic robot guardian in some castle. It was hard enough to withstand any attack but then it opened its mouth and the rest is history. So much for super enhanced technology if they can’t even come up with a simple face guard. And did I tell you about another yakuza organization aiding Logan in his attack on the enemy palace? It was not done so to take out a powerful competitor but because the leaders of the group want to avenge the death of one of their own. But of course; if it weren’t for that detail they wouldn’t have a reason to destroy their major opponent; would they now? What a something of something…The facepalms don’t end here; no sir they don’t. Out of nowhere appears Cyclops as cameo to take Logan on a trip. He was used as nothing but foreshadow for the upcoming X-Men anime in the same fashion Logan himself was cameo in Iron Man. Do I see a pattern forming here? But whatever; he was completely useless to the plot; he conveniently appeared after the battle was over. And apparently we couldn’t have a nice team up with him and Logan fighting an empowered Omega Red or the robot guardian, despite the show’s constant attempts to slow down the pacing with dragged action as much as possible. If there is an improvement over that dreadful series that is called Iron Man, was how the action is a lot more exciting. Iron Man would mostly throw energy beams from afar and block incoming attacks with his armour. Logan on the other hand fights with hand-to-hand attacks, which are far cooler. He also doesn’t have super hard armour surrounding his body and all arrays of bullets pierce him all the time, covering him in blood and bruises. He of course heals almost immediately but it is still cooler this way. Plus, he performs several acrobatics and uses basic martial arts in battle, when Iron Man would just fly in the air. Other than that, the action is still lifeless, as the amount of time it takes for a simple attack to take place is dragged out to last three times the normal, with the characters standing frozen and looking at each other. Plus, the transition from one scene to another is usually off, as the combatants have different poses and positions in each one. Most grunts he faces are cannon fodder and the rest are beaten because some weak chick constantly throws metallic thingies at them which somehow are more effective than Wolverine’s super claws. And as for Logan, he can beat a hundred goons only because he is healing super fast but as soon as weakling throws a tiny poison dart from behind, he is out cold. Also, for no apparent reason he is able to defeat far more powerful opponents than him after a couple of attempts. I guess he grows stronger faster than the Saiyans. Hooray for tactics, it’s all random mumbo-jumbo! The music score is of the exact same quality and volume with Iron Man, which means I DIDN’T LIKE IT! It doesn’t feel passionate enough to excite me and the dialogues are nothing of importance to the story, since it is so simple and linear that you could watch the whole thing in mute. Bottom line, it was all one big failure that only manages to damage the image of Marvel and anime in general. Avoid at all costs. Onwards to X-Men. Third time’s a charm. And now for some excused scorings. ART SECTION: 4/10 General Artwork 0/2 (looks lifeless) Character Figures 1/2 (gay) Backgrounds 2/2 (basic but fitting with the feeling of the series) Animation 0/2 (crude) Visual Effects 1/2 (basic) SOUND SECTION: 6/10 Voice Acting 1/3 (lifeless) Music Themes 3/4 (not great but fitting with the feeling of the series) Sound Effects 2/3 (ok I guess) STORY SECTION: 2/10 Premise 1/2 (typical) Pacing 0/2 (dull) Complexity 0/2 (none) Plausibility 0/2 (none) Conclusion 1/2 (cheesy) CHARACTER SECTION: 2/10 Presence 1/2 (generic) Personality 0/2 (gay) Backdrop 1/2 (generic and simplistic but it’s there) Development 0/2 (messy) Catharsis 0/2 (messy) VALUE SECTION: 1/10 Historical Value 0/3 (none) Rewatchability 0/3 (no reason to rewatch it) Memorability 1/4 (no reason to remember it) ENJOYMENT SECTION: 1/10 Art 0/1 (looks lifeless) Sound 1/2 (sounds ok) Story 0/3 (generic) Characters 0/4 (robots) VERDICT: 2.5/10
So, once again, I’m looking into the world of Madhouse / Marvel Anime and to see how the next disappoint—I meant, installment of their comic book counterparts and as you can see by the title description, you know what it is. Up next in the four-part Marvel Anime project and broadcasts after the Iron Man anime, Wolverine is a mutant, possessing animal-keen senses, enhanced psychical capabilities, three retracting bone claws on each hand and a healing factor that allows him to recover from virtually any wound, disease or toxin at an accelerated rate. Logan learns that his girlfriend Mariko Yashida, who disappeared a year ago, has been taken to Tokyo by her father Shingen Yashida, the head of the Japanese crime syndicate Kuzuryu and a supplier of A.I.M., in order to be wed to Hideki Kurohagi. Wolverine goes on a quest to rescue Mariko and defeat Shingen and Hideki, encountering several opponents along the way. Once again, I am disappoint, son. Anyone who knows much about comic books, specifically Marvel comic books that Wolverine is the most notable X-Men character and Marvel character overall, but yet that one time where they made a origin story about him in 2009……yeah, you know how that went and I don’t know much of the other X-Men related animated series or other comics but I hope……I really hope they did a better job on that than in this one. I really don’t like the story to this….Actually, no; I hated the story to this for two reasons. 1) Its very predictable. You’re not really going to be surprised or in shock of what happen throughout the course of this series. 2) I just couldn’t get into it. As bad as the two other Marvel Anime I watched (Blade, Iron Man), at least I somewhat got interested in them, no matter how generic is it and not only is this plot generic, it fails at being even the slight watchable. The romantic angle between Logan and Mariko is so minimal, it’s a leech. Mariko is the basic mopey damsel-in-distress who waits to be rescued by Wolverine and she’s forced to be married by this guy Hideki Kurohagi, who’s the basic bad guy who may seem like a threat but you know he’s a little cowardly bitch who lets his minions to the dirty work for him. Characters are no better here: Wolverine is the basic badass that everyone wants him to be; there’s a female accomplice of his whom has a mysterious past that I’m sure not to care about; Side characters are there to serve some purpose until they eventually die (Yeah, I’m noticing a pattern in these shows. I don’t mind them but them just come out as unnecessary and played for sympathy points) and villains are played out as uninteresting and lame. The animation…..I want to say Madhouse did well but this is an exception. Some of the action scenes were not very well animated. It looked very cheap with them using still images for explosions and shaking the picture. Wolverine’s design is very bi-shounen and pretty boyish, which I don’t think represent him well. I won’t be the final judge but I’m not buying the look of this. The music is pretty uninspired with the same rock theme that thinks it’s cool because it is and the ending theme with many mood swings shows that like the show, I don’t even think they were trying to make this interesting. The English dub, handled by Studiopolis, is ‘meh’ but serviceable. The role of Wolverine is this is played by Milo Ventigimilia and he really didn’t do it for me. I didn’t feel much of a presence from him (and no, I’m not comparing him to you-know-who) and it’s just rather bored. Other performances from veterans VA’s like Kate Higgins, Crispin Freeman, Stephanie Sheh, & Vic Mignogna felt wasted here. FINAL VERDICT: So far, this is the worse Marvel-Madhouse anime adaptation I’ve seen and I haven’t even seen the X-Men anime yet (I still am, I’m not backing out of that.) It’s basically everything I feared what the Blade and Iron Man anime would be. I’m just going to end it here and say I really do not recommend this title, even if you’re curious about it. You can watch it if it helps you sleep.
Wolverine the anime pile of bullshit Obviously I didn’t like this “show”. Shiny animation didn’t even do enough for me to make me watch more then three episodes! You must know by now how much I love shiny animation. This “series” would have been tolerable if it didn’t call its self “Wolverine” if they had called it “totally unrelated to Wolverine but I kinda have the same powers” I’d forgive it and watch on but they didn’t. They LIED and said it was about Wolverine AND IT’S NOT! Gods. Yes I am a Wolverine fan girl, and I’ m gonna say something really hipster cause I liked him back in the day when people were like, Wolverine what? It’s all about Cyclops (who likes Cyclops? ick) cause he’s the leader and the coolest. So growing up liking wolverine, watching the 80s/90s/2000’s cartoons and being more in love with him then one should I saw this anime was coming out and got like HYPED. Anime + Wolverine = girlish squeals. Don’t come at me with ye know, it’s a different take on the story or you know artistic interpretations or some shit… don’t even… this is beyond any of those excuses.The sheer number of times they make camera angle excuses to show you his goddamn tight jean wang space is just sick. HE’s not supposed to be pretty he’s supposed to be ruggedly handsome you anime twats are corrupting my childhood graaaaaaw If you wanna watch it, every time they say Wolverine just yell SAM and I’m sure it’ll be a much better show about someone who is not Logan not Wolverine and has nothing to do with him.
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